Lynn Crawford is sharing some of her favorite blooms from her garden with us today.
I have been an avid gardener for more than 60 years. My mother, Charlotte, and my Uncle Vincent were avid gardeners and great teachers. My interest and curiosity continue to expand along with my age: 73 years young. I reside in Malvern, Pennsylvania, and have lived in my present home for more than 42 years. The gardens are mature but are ever changing, some by design and others by uncontrolled factors.
As a member of Four Counties Garden Club, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and the Garden Club of America, I have enjoyed exhibiting and volunteering at the Philadelphia Flower Show for a number of years. I retired from a 34-year career in education and completed the Penn State Master Gardener Program. Presently I volunteer in the horticultural therapy program at Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.
My garden gives me great joy, yet I often jokingly say that I have a love/hate relationship with it. It is incredibly beautiful, but it requires continual maintenance. Spring has been especially beautiful this year, with daffodils, tulips (my favorite flower), dogwoods, viburnums, azaleas, rhododendrons, and peonies. Peonies have three common types: herbaceous, Itoh, and tree. Tree peonies are incredibly beautiful, with large, tissue-paper-like flowers in wonderful colors that usually bloom early in the season.
A view of Lynn’s garden. Lynn mentions a love/hate relationship with the garden, but all I see here is a lot to love!
It’s not hard to see why Lynn loves peonies so much! This is a tree peony, a type that has woody stems and large flowers and that usually blooms a little earlier than its herbaceous cousins.
Though many of the most common peonies are double flowered, with layers and layers of petals, this single form is stunningly beautiful. The single-flowered varieties also tend to stand up better without staking.
All peonies look incredible in a vase.
Another tree peony. This looks like it might be ‘High Noon’.
Later in the year, dahlias will put on their show; they are beautiful in the garden or in a vase.
Dahlias have nearly endless variety—and they’re all beautiful.
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